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McNeilly Center

Instructional Coach

McNeilly Center


Job Summary

The Pre-K Instructional Coach contributes to the efforts of United Way of
Metropolitan Nashville (UWMN) by ensuring Read to Succeed’s core elements are implemented with
fidelity and in accordance with brain-based research and best practices in order to ensure teachers and
families are equipped to guide children participating in the program to become kindergarten ready.
This position also serves as a liaison between the community-based site and UWMN in the interest of
supporting teachers, families, and administrators in excellence in early childhood education. The Pre-K
Instructional Coach is a leader in the education arena; responsible for ensuring coaching, curriculum
alignment, parent engagement, participants’ assessment, and lending library use.

Job Responsibilities

Educational Support
· Provides small group and differentiated instruction to coach RTS Pre-K teachers in
academic and social-emotional curriculum implementation techniques in accordance with
best practices, DHS, and state standards for the purpose of equipping teachers with the
tools and knowledge necessary to be successful in preparing children to be kindergarten
· Monitors RTS Pre-K teacher and student progress over time using the Read to Succeed
checklists, classroom observations, Teaching Strategies GOLD, and individual student
assessments in order to gather essential data needed to see what is working and target
areas for quality improvement.
· Conducts individual and small group intervention with RTS Pre-K students in order to
promote the development of various components of academic and social-emotional
· Develops, coordinates, and facilitates professional development trainings for the partner
agency and in conjunction with UWMN in order to keep Read to Succeed Pre-K teachers
abreast of best practices, techniques, and advancements in early childhood education.

Stakeholder Communications
· Collaborates with UWMN team to share ideas and provide solutions to reach the common
goal of supporting communities via education, listening channels, and empowerment.
· Communicates with Read to Succeed stakeholders the program’s mission, goals, objectives,
and approaches in order to share success stories and promote continued engagement.

Job Profile

  • Recruits, trains, and manages volunteers (normally 2-4 per month) in interest of providing
    increased opportunities for children to practice academic and social-emotional skills.
    · Meets, plans, and collaborates with instructional coaches, teachers, and administrators in
    order to identify gaps in student learning and strategies to achieve desired results.

Family Engagement
· Maintains the partner site’s Lending Library book inventory through purchases,
organization, and upkeep in order to promote the use of the library and increase the book
check out rate.
· Plans and implements 4 family reading incentives per year to encourage families to support
their children in reading and to give children more opportunities for reading practice.
· Plans and implements 4 family academic and/or social emotional workshops in order to
educate families on ways they can support their children to success and encourage families
to be a partner with schools.
· Communicates to families about their child’s progress, and to share tools to support
continued success.

Professional Development
· Attends and utilizes methodologies from multiple professional development opportunities a
year in order to say abreast of current trends and be a subject matter expert on early
childhood education.
· Researches early childhood education trends including literacy, STEAM, DAP, DLL, and
social/emotional development and applies knowledge to program in order to assist the
children in achieving learning outcomes.
· Explores and identifies education best practices, techniques, and advancements to ensure
teachers are being given the best tools to continue to advance the program and to guarantee
program standards and licensure requirements are being maintained.


o Master’s Degree in early childhood education, child development, or family studies.
A bachelors’ degree in a related field with 5 years applicable experience may be
substituted for the Master’s degree.

 Experience:
o Direct curriculum implementation and instruction in a professional early childhood
environment: 3 years
o Coordinating and facilitating professional development trainings; 3 years
o Drafting and conducting student and classroom assessments; 3 years
o Small group and differentiated instruction: 3 years
o Experience serving an at-risk or special needs community: 3 years
 Knowledge:
o Early Childhood Curriculum (From birth to grade 3)
o Social emotional and academic development
o Early Education Assessments
o TN Early Learning Standards and K-4 state educational standards
o Early childhood education state and local regulations, including DHS quality rating
o Instructional coaching techniques and philosophies
 Skills:

o Intentional coaching/ curriculum implementation techniques
o Direct instruction with young children
o Communication techniques and protocols with families, children, volunteers, and
other professionals
o Analyzing, understanding, interpreting, and applying research
o Proficiency with Microsoft Office products, especially Outlook, Word, and Excel
 Miscellaneous:
o Valid Driver’s License and Proof of Insurance

Additional Information


This is a full-time postion with medical, dental, retirement match, discounted childcare, and other insurance benefits.

How to Apply

Please submit your resume to natalie.jackson@mcneillycenter.org


  • Date Posted: September 22, 2023
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Educator
  • Service Area: Education
  • Start Date: 10/16/2023
  • Salary Range: $45,000-$56,000